Detail from a painting by Hashimoto Gahō. Komaba Museum, University of Tokyo

Discover the art of east Asia

At a Glance

  • Online course
  • Thursdays, 18:30 to 20:30
  • 10 weeks: October to December
  • 2 hours weekly online taught time
  • Tutor: Viv Lawes
  • Fees from £110 to £205

Join Viv Lawes (Sky Arts, Sotherby's Institute, City and Guilds of London Art School) on an exploration into the history of the arts of east Asia

This 10-week course is aimed at complete beginners and so no previous knowledge of art or design history or practice is necessary. It is also be suitable for those who have some background in art and design history or practice.

Course delivery

This is a live-taught online course which means you will be taught alongside other students on the course by a tutor at a specific time. To take part in the course you will need a suitably equipped and internet-enabled device. Please find full details and instructions below under 'Course delivery'.

Attendance certificate

Those who attend at least 80% of the course sessions will receive an attendance certificate from Imperial College London upon completion of the course.

Course Information

Course Programme

To be confirmed

                                      Additional Reading

                                      There is no compulsory reading required for this course, and there is no set course text, but if you would like to read more on the subject we suggest:


                                      Your Tutor

                                      Photograph of Viv Lawes

                                      Viv Lawes (Sky Arts/Sotherby's Institute/etc) is an author, journalist, lecturer and curator with over 25 years’ experience in the art market.

                                      Viv studied History at York University and graduated with an MA in Fine and Decorative Art from Sotheby’s Institute in 1997, where her thesis focused on the textile trade between England and India/ China in the 17th and 18th centuries. She is Senior UK Consultant for Singapore-based gallery One East Asia and has curated numerous exhibitions of Southeast Asian modern and contemporary art in London since 2011. She has written catalogue essays for many Southeast Asian contemporary artists, including Chang Fee Ming (Malaysia), Jane Lee (Singapore) and Andres Barrioquinto (Philippines). She recently co-authored a forthcoming book on the late Singaporean artist Teng Nee Cheong (1951-2013).

                                      As well as teching at the Sotheby’s Institute Viv lectures at the City & Guilds of London Art School, L'Institut d’Etudes Supérieures des Arts (IESA) and the University of the Arts, London. She is also a NADFAS-accredited lecturer, travelling widely in the UK, Europe and Asia.

                                      As a journalist she has written for many national and international arts publications, including The Art NewspaperAntiques Trade GazetteThe GuardianArt + AuctionCountry LifeThe Royal Academy Magazine and the British Antiques Dealers Association annual handbook. She is currently in the finishing stages of writing a book, Horse: A History of Equine Bronze Sculpture, for the Sladmore Gallery, London.

                                      Any Questions?

                                      • Questions regarding the content and teaching of this course should be sent to the programme manager for adult education, Dr Michael Paraskos at
                                      • Questions about your enrolment and payment should be sent to the Programme Administrator,